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Mark Haller, RIP

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 3:58 pm
by Jay ... =174636497 ... l?nav=5012

Mark Francis Haller passed away on April 12, 2015, at the age of 99. Mark was born on March 31, 1916, to Satie and Howard Haller and was raised in Carthage, New York.

While in high school, Mark was known as the "Carthage Comet" due to his exceptional ability on the basketball court. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1939, also the Alma Mater of his wife, Eunice, and his two daughters Pamela and Luana. Mark continued his basketball success at Syracuse, being designated an All-American player in the years 1938 and 1939. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United Stated Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1945.

In 1942 Mark and Eunice Olivia Cramer were wed. Mark began his sales career in 1945 in the confectionary and candy business. From 1945 to 1957, he was the vice president of gum products in Boston, Massachusetts. While headquartered in Boston, Mark played professional basketball for the Boston Celtics. In 1957 , Mark joined the N.A Taylor Company in Gloversville, New York. As vice president of sales, and later the company's marketing consultant, his accomplishments were many, and his overall success was best attested to by the broad Taylor-Made line of quality marine products and the company's dominant position in the marine accessory business. During his career as vice-president of sales with Taylor, Mark also gained industry prominence. During the 1960s and 1970s, he served on the National Marine Manufacturers Association. His Taylor sales organization was awarded the National Distributor's Associations Manufacturer of the Year Award five times.

After retiring in 1981, Mark and Eunice moved to Naples, Florida. Mark was a member of the United Church of Christ in Naples and also served as a member of its board. Throughout his entire life, Mark was an avid sports fan, especially for his Syracuse Orangemen.

Eunice, Mark's wife of 73 years, and daughters, Pamela Brodersen and Luana Smith and their families brought great joy to his life.

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Re: Mark Haller, RIP

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 4:01 pm
by Jay
The obituary incorrectly states he played for the Celtics.

Just wanted to point out something about the obituary. Mark did tell me he was on a preseason roster for the Boston Celtics, but he didn't play in three games and just sat the bench. Honey Russell never used him and he figured he was old and too out of shape to play after the war. He also stated he didn't see any money in basketball so he decided to get out of the game into his sales career.

Re: Mark Haller, RIP

PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 11:00 am
by jhogrogi
He did play pro ball for the independent Sytracuse Reds in 1939-40.

Re: Mark Haller, RIP

PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 11:26 am
by jhogrogi
In three games for Syracuse in the 1940 World Professional Tournament in Chicago, he scored 31 points. He was honorable mention on the All-Tournament team.

Re: Mark Haller, RIP

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 3:55 pm
by Jay
He was also on the Aberdeen team in the 1940-41 Chicago Tourney, played alongside Marty Passaglia on that team.